Nothing is more annoying than a dog who barks excessively all the time. Every dog owners dislike this thing & many of us want their dog not to bark. But the thing is dog barking is a natural process since the dog can’t talk to us they often chose to bark to communicate. If a dog doesn’t bark then they may have some serious problems deep inside.
However sometimes your dog can bark so much that it makes everyone angry, now there might be a lot of reason behind that barking. Here we will discuss everything in details:
Why dogs bark
Dogs naturally bark to communicate with us. However, there are some other reasons that cause a dog to bark:
The moment when a dog sees a new person or another animal they believe that this person or animal is a part of their territory so the dog barks, because he may consider this new face as a threat which makes him aggressive. The aggression often ends up by barking loudly toward that person.
When a dog sees something they often feel insecure deep inside but after sometimes they act aggressively to protect themselves & that’s when they bark loudly.
When your dog finds nothing to do they may often bark since dogs are pack animals & they always love to stay active.
This is the most common reason behind dog barking when your dog wants your attention he will bark so that you stare at him. Also when you take your dog outside they may want something from there which often causes barking. When you bring a new puppy in your territory he/she will bark more because puppies tend to be the most attention-seeking animal on this planet.
Not all the times a dog barks because of something negative but sometimes they bark invite someone or another animal to play with him. Also sometimes, your dog will bark you just to say “hello.”
When a dog is left alone for a long period of time they become insecure that the owner won’t come back which causes excessive barking. However, if you have a puppy then he will feel more depressed because of separation anxiety which may cause a louder barking than the older dogs.
When a dog considers a person as a threat they may bark to keep him away.
You may notice that sometimes your dog is barking at you loudly it’s because you are someone special to your dog & he becomes very excited whenever he sees you & that’s another cause of dog barking. Also if you have a puppy then remember puppies have an extreme energy level which is why they tend to become more excited than the grown-up dogs.
Another cause of excitement is when your dog is playing he becomes very excited at some moment & that’s when the dog will bark.
If a thief comes to steal something in your house, keep in mind that no matter how a thief is a dog will always cath him & you will hear an extremely loud barking. This is the best quality of a dog.
Some dogs have a nature of barking even at the slightest noise or movements. Dogs have a very developed instinct which is why they can sense any noise within a second & overprotective dogs tend to bark at this situation. If you have a puppy then keep in mind that, puppies are more sensitive than grown-up dogs so your puppy may bark mostly because of this reason.
When your dog hears another dog barking he will start to do the same, it’s also known as “response barking”
Now you know all the reasons why do dogs bark, but some of the causes are not acceptable but you need to understand that dogs can’t understand the logic, it doesn’t matter how much you dislike this barking your dog won’t understand what is right & wrong. However, there are some useful ideas which will help you stop your dog from barking. Another important thing is never yell your dog when barking because this makes him think that you are also joining him & the barking will increase with more louder sound.
You should know your dog’s nature & the situation which causes barking, then you can easily control this behavior of your dog. Since dogs are pack animals, they always follow someone & consider him as a leader. When you own a dog he will consider you as a leader so if you give the right direction then it can very easily correct this barking problem.
As a dog owner, you need to teach your dog that when to bark & when to be quiet.
You can teach your dog the Quiet command. This is one of the easiest ways you can teach your dog to remain silent. By using this command you can stop your dog from barking
When the dog is barking too much, you should find out the possible cause that is making him bark. When you finally find the main source you can remove it which will automatically stop the dog from barking.
If the barking is nature of your dog then take him for exercise, this way your dog will become tire & won’t bark too much for a long period of time.
If possible get someone with your dog whenever you leave home, this will also help to overcome the separation anxiety
Do not give too much attention or love if your dog is an “attention seeker” If you just remain calm the dog will automatically stop barking after some time.
Never think about punishing your dog because of barking because it won’t solve the problem at all.
Redirect your dog’s attention to do something else when barking
Keep your dog in the house more than outside because if the dog hears another dog’s barking then he will start doing the same
To get the best result you can take the dog to the vet.
How to keep a dog from barking
You can also block the things that trigger your dog. If your dog sees something that makes him barking then you have to keep the dog away from those things. For example: If there is any bird in your backyard & you know the dog will bark whenever he sees it you can install a privacy window.
Other great tools are toys. Since we all know dogs always want something to do. So you can redirect your dog’s attention to his favorite toy which will keep the dog busy & thus the dog will stop barking.
On the market, there are some playthings which is known as white noise machine. These machines are excellent which normally creates steady sound & it stops the external noise coming back to your territory. If your dog is oversensitive then this machine can give the best result to stop the dog from barking.
If your dog is very excited all the time or becomes excited when playing then this command will help you a lot. Your dog will become quiet when he responds to this command.
To teach this command: Whenever your dog barks, take his favorite treats on your hands. When the dog is barking show him the treats but does not allow him to get it. If the dog is barking again allow him to smell the treat without giving it, the dog will become quiet while smelling that’s the time when you need to say hush & toss the treat a few steps away from the dog. Repeat the process but this time you should only show the treat without allowing him to smell. After showing the treat say the command & toss it again. You will have to repeat the process for 4-5 times until the dog finally figures out the command.
IF your dog is an attention seeker then the best way to stop barking is to simply ignore it. whenever the dog barks for having attention simply ignore for 5-10 minutes & the dog will stop barking. You can also give his favorite toy or treat which will keep him busy.
This is the oldest & the simplest way to stop dog from barking. You can take your dog for exercise for a long period of time, make sure that his energy level is empty then bring your dog back home. The dog will sleep as soon as possible. This trick not only stops barking but it also helps the mental & physical health of your dog.
What you should not do
Never yell at your dog
Never punish your dog for barking because the dog may stop barking for a short period of time but over the time it will create the opposite effect.
Do not use muzzle rather take the dog to the Veterinary Behaviorist or Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
Correct the behavior
You can use reward stimulation to correct this behavior. Whenever your dog starts barking command him to stay quiet & when he stops give the treats. Remember, dogs are reward-driven & they can do anything to get the treats.
Always remain calm
IF you panic when the dog barks then this will neither solve the problem nor stop barking. If you remain calm then you can easily handle your dog. Remember you are the leader of your dog so you should not get frustrated.
This tool is really useful. Whenever a dog barks this tool can emit a noise, air & citronella spray which makes the dog remain calm. You should consult with the vet before purchasing one.
Emily Anna is a dog lover who is studying Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science at University of Bristol. She is a regular author of this blog & also a former author of Lucky Pet Dogs and One Dog Day Care.